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Cluetopia: The Story of 100 Years of the Crossword

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  • Cluetopia: The Story of 100 Years of the Crossword 
    Title: Cluetopia: The Story of 100 Years of the Crossword
    Author: ASTLE DAVID
    Format: PAPERBACK
    Publication date: 01/11/2013
    Imprint: ALLEN & UNWIN
    Price: $30.00
    Publishing status: Active

    Some of us know David Astle through his?books (Offbeat Australia, Puzzled), others?through his role as Mr Dictionary on the late?and deeply lamented SBS quiz show Letters?and Numbers. But not everyone will realise?that he is also DA, setter of crosswords in The?Age and Sydney Morning Herald. Astle is a?self-confessed word nerd, so it’s no surprise?that he felt the need to celebrate the 100th?birthday of the crossword puzzle – hence?this book. Did you know that the first-ever?example was devised in 1913 by Arthur?Wynne for the New York World newspaper??Wynne called it a ‘Word-Cross’ but as result?of a typesetting error its name was changed?to ‘Cross-Word’. Cluetopia includes plenty of?fascinating facts such as this, plus loads of?clues to crack.

    Crosswords are not as old as you think. The first one appeared a century ago, & David Astle is here to toast the centenary, whizzing you through 100 years of remarkable clues, across the world, seeking the inside stories. Travel to New Guinea, Venezuela & Metropolis: every destination arising from a clue. Encounter love, murder, hoaxes, propaganda. Visit a Maori funeral, a Bass Strait oil-rig, a Russian game show—just some of side-trips locked inside a crossword. With almost 100 mini-chapters, each one with a clue to crack, Cluetopia is a book for word lovers and puzzle fans.

    ISBN: 9781743314531
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